WEST ORANGE, NJ – Sixty-five West Orange High School (WOHS) students have received the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) Seal of Biliteracy, with several receiving trilingual and quadrilingual proficiency. 

According to the website, the Seal of Biliteracy award is granted by a school, district, organization or state “in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation.”

In order to qualify, a student must be able to speak, read, listen and write in two or more languages at a high level of proficiency. The student must also demonstrate a proficiency level of “Intermediate Mid” in a World Language and meet state high school graduation requirements in English as measured by state English Language Arts (ELA) assessments or its alternatives.  

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The students who received the Seal of Biliteracy from the NJDOE will receive a certificate signed by the governor as well as an insignia affixed to their transcript. This award generated a high level of student motivation in both the World Language and ESL departments to increase their proficiency levels and will serve them well in their future endeavors.

This year's students were recognized for proficiency in English, Spanish, French, Haitian Creole, Italian, Portugese, Chinese, Hebrew, Korean and Polish.

In 2016, the State of New Jersey became the 15th state in the nation to implement a legislated statewide Seal of Biliteracy. 

The WOHS students who received this award are listed below.

First Name

Last Name

Language 1

Language 2

Language 3

 

Joaquin Rodrigo

Acuna

Spanish

Italian

 

 

Mariela

Alvarez

Spanish

 

 

 

Isabella

Angeles

Spanish

 

 

 

Chrismaelie

Anselme

Haitian Creole

 

 

 

Emily

Ardon

Spanish

 

 

 

Matthew

Arizmendi

Spanish

 

 

 

Victoria

Benaroya

Spanish

 

 

 

Steve

BrizuelaFernandez

Spanish

 

 

 

Maria

Cabezas

Spanish

 

 

 

Aleks

Cardoza Mejia

Spanish

 

 

 

Brandon

Cavero Vasquez

Spanish

 

 

 

Yamilee Kristen

Chavez

Spanish

Italian

Portuguese

 

Jenny

Chen

Chinese

 

 

 

Jhunie

Clerveus

Haitian Creole

French

 

 

Ernishka

Clervil

Haitian Creole

 

 

 

Sofia

CordobaValencia

Spanish

Chinese

 

 

Anna Sophia

Cordova

Spanish

Italian

Portuguese

 

Nathanael

Dalencour

Haitian Creole

 

 

 

Elizabeth

Duarte

Spanish

 

 

 

Natchenly

Fleurisma

Spanish

Haitian Creole

 

 

Odalis

Garcia Pulido

Spanish

 

 

 

Abigail

Geronimo

Spanish

French

 

 

Keren

Gouin Dominguez

Spanish

 

 

 

Erica

Guallpa

Spanish

 

 

 

Leensay

Guilloteau

Haitian Creole

 

 

 

Kimberly

Hercules Ramos

Spanish

 

 

 

July

Hernandez-Garcia

Spanish

 

 

 

Jasper

Hilliard

Spanish

 

 

 

Kevin

Humala

Spanish

 

 

 

Katherine Isabella

Garcia

Italian

 

 

 

Alexandra

Kicior

Polish

 

 

 

Carolina

LaTorre

Spanish

 

 

 

Gabrielle

Lecour

French

 

 

 

Glenda

Luna

Spanish

 

 

 

Loucille

Magloire

French

Haitian Creole

 

 

Maria

MarinTobar

Spanish

 

 

 

Richardt

Morocho

Spanish

 

 

 

Joseph

Nalieth

Italian

 

 

 

Brandon

Olivera

Spanish

 

 

 

Karin Alexa

Palomino

Spanish

Italian

 

 

Isabella

Pappano

Spanish

Italian

 

 

Brunella

Paredes

Spanish

 

 

 

Felipe

Ponce Hernan

Spanish

 

 

 

Diana

Rendon

Spanish

 

 

 

Gabriel

Reyna

Italian

 

 

 

Samantha

Rhew

Korean

 

 

 

Elizabeth

Rivera

Spanish

 

 

 

Sebastian Adrian

Rivero

Spanish

Italian

 

 

Melani

Rodriguez

Spanish

 

 

 

Isabella

Saade

Spanish

 

 

 

Matthew

Salazar

Spanish

 

 

 

Jahaira

Santisteban

Spanish

French

 

 

Evelyn

Silva Herrera

Spanish

 

 

 

Daniela Paolina

Tacuri Andrade

Spanish

Italian

 

 

Katerin

Tamay

Spanish

 

 

 

Christopher

Tamay

Spanish

 

 

 

Maya

Tobin

Spanish

Hebrew

 

 

Salome

Valencia

Spanish

 

 

 

Danna

Vela Mendoza

Spanish

 

 

 

Diego

VelaEspejo

Spanish

 

 

 

Justin

Vera

Spanish

Italian

 

 

Thaina

Vera

Spanish

 

 

 

Anayelli Denise

Vigo

Spanish

 

 

 

Julieta

Villafan Crocett

Spanish

 

 

 

Maria Giovanna

Winning

Italian